RIP Lee Dorman

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Astreaux, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. Astreaux


    Aug 31, 2012
    Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman has passed. He was 70. Died in his vehicle on the way to doctor appointment. RIP
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Damn...loved (still do) Captain Beyond's debut album. Got it 40 years ago for Xmas.
  3. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    His accomplishments weren't limitless, but he added a sound and cadence to the rock bass lexicon that never went away. :bassist:
  4. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    I had a book I bought around 1971 that had a few words from him about constructing a bass line. He said that it'd be wrong to just go out and jam in Dmin for "In A Gadda Da Vida", but that it would also be wrong to play it the same way all the time. He'd always be listening to what the others were doing and his line would react to, compliment, or double what others were doing so the music would be alive.

    Great advice I took to heart, even before I started playing bass.

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  6. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    That's simultaneously spot-on and oddly non-committal! :)
    ...but charitible, so I'll add +1.
  7. He was my high school hero. Iron Butterfly was the first big time rock band I ever heard live. Fans of "that" 70's bass sound should go back and listen to all the Iron Butterfly VINYL, minus Inna Gadda... Sure some the tunes were thin, the singing and organ almost corny, but the sound of Dorman's Mosrite was/is heaven throughout.
  8. loendmaestro

    loendmaestro Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA

    This. +100000000000000000000
  9. mark roberts

    mark roberts Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    Lee Dorman was one of the greats. Iron Butterfly was very popular and ground-breaking, but Captain Beyond was top-shelf incredible! Go over to YouTube and check out their work...if you do so, do yourself a favor...wear headphones or run the audio through decent speakers.
  10. Lee was a big influence on my wanting to learn to play Bass. I remember staring at the Inna Gadda album for hours looking at his Mosrite bass on the cover and listening to his bold and melodic bass lines...RIP Lee and thanks for your influence you're one of the reason I still play Bass today!
  11. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules! Supporting Member

    I walked a few miles through the snow on Long Island to buy In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida as a youngster. Thanks Lee.
  12. Astreaux


    Aug 31, 2012
    +1 ^^^This